not all it's cracked up to be

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be not all it's cracked up to be

To be not as good, enjoyable, special, or worthwhile as people insist or believe. Honestly, the movie isn't all it's cracked up to be. Maybe I'm just not the right audience for it. If you ask me, long-term relationships just aren't all they're cracked up to be.
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not all it's cracked up to be

Not as good, enjoyable, special, or worthwhile as people insist or believe. Honestly, the movie isn't all it's cracked up to be. Maybe I'm just not the right audience for it. If you ask me, amusement parks just aren't all they're cracked up to be.
See also: all, cracked, not, up

not all it's cracked up to be

It is disappointing, it does not live up to its reputation, as in The restaurant wasn't all it's cracked up to be. This term uses crack up in the sense of "to praise," which survives only in this expression. [Colloquial; early 1800s]
See also: all, cracked, not, up

not all it's cracked up to be

COMMON If something is not all it's cracked up to be, it is not as good as people often say it is. Alexander is finding that life as a manager is not all it's cracked up to be. Holidays are not always all they're cracked up to be. Note: Cracked up to be is also used in other structures and expressions with a similar meaning. But are these islands in the sun everything they are cracked up to be? It's one of those places you hear so much about that you wonder if it really is as good as it's cracked up to be.
See also: all, cracked, not, up